Skyler Mornhinweg's recruiting process has had it's fair share of ups and downs. But Tuesday it hit perhaps it's most promising point when he held a teleconference to announce his college decision.
"There are many great schools and programs," Mornhinweg said, building anticipation. "But I have decided to commit to Penn State."
At the beginning of this year, Mornhinweg thought his recruiting process was over. The Philadelphia prospect had honored his commitment to Stanford since pledging there during his freshman year at St. Joseph's Prep.
Then the roller-coaster ride began.
In January, Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh left for the top job with the San Fransisico 49ers. Shortly thereafter, Mornhinweg reopened his recruitment.
That all led up to Tuesday afternoon, as Skyler, his father Marty Mornhinweg (the offensive coordinator for the Philadelphia Eagles) and St. Joseph's coach Gabe Infante were on hand for the long anticipated announcement.
And with their support, the younger Mornhinweg expanded upon his initial statement, expressing exactly why he picked the Lions.
"Some of the reasons are the great football tradition and the academics," Mornhinweg said. "Also the way that Coach (Joe) Paterno and the entire program go about their business."
He added, "It's a great mix."
A environment in which everyone involved, including Infante, thinks Skyler will prosper.
"He is a very versatile athlete," Infante said. "He has played both ways and on the baseball diamond. He is as accomplished an athlete as I have ever been around, and a natural born leader and competitor."
Mornhinweg has excelled as more than just a signal-caller. He is also a two-year starter at defensive back and a .344 hitter on the baseball diamond.
But with all his success, he knows where he belongs.
"I am a quarterback at heart," Mornhinweg said. "But I think playing defense has helped me tremendously, being able to play defense and work against a QB and going back knowing what the defense is trying to do to you is very helpful."
Even though Mornhinweg's recruitment has been unique, to say the least, he wouldn't trade it for anything.
"I'm glad I had the opportunity to look at Penn State," Mornhinweg said when asked if he would change the way his recruitment played out. "Throughout the process it became clear that Penn State was the place for me."
Mornhinweg has visited Happy Valley several times. But it wasn't until a visit in June that he knew it was the place for him.
"Definitely that second trip was really great," Mornhinweg said. "I got to hang around with the coaches and the players. And I got to meet with the whole staff. That second trip really helped me make my mind up."
A staff, that Mornhinweg is very excited about.
"I have tremendous confidence in Coach Jay Paterno and Coach Galen Hall," Mornhinweg said. "I know they are going to work with the players they have to win."
He continued, "My dad and I watched a lot of film on them, and we really liked the way that they ran their offense."
All in all, Mornhinweg is happy about his final decision.
"I am just really excited to have the opportunity to play for one of the greatest coaches in the history of the game," Mornhinweg said. "And Penn State is a stable program. I know they will be stable and run the same way for years to come."
Mornhinweg is anxious to contribute to that program.
"I actually want to get to Penn State and get better every day," Mornhinweg said. "So I am prepared to compete. Coach Joe Paterno will know what to do and make the right decision about playing." Get inside coverage of your favorite team. Click here now to get started.